At the age of 36 my love of high mountains, it's people and a long held dream of an Himalayan adventure, brought me to the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh at the Tibetan border. Kashmir a valley between Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range was called as "Heaven on Earth" by Jahangir " (1569-1627), "conqueror of the world", the amicable Mughal Emperor of India. Then not much had changed since Jahangir about the pastoral nomadic life of the nomadic people with their remarkable vitality and grace. I consider myself fortunate to have visited when it was safe and peaceful there. Unfortunately now with the presence of al-Qaida in Kashmir this way of life is now threatened by extinction. Ladakh ("land of high passes") is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the Himalayas and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture.